1. A biennial Eurasian plant (Campanula rapunculus) having bell-shaped lilac flowers and an edible root.
2. Any of various perennial plants of the genus Phyteuma, having dense heads or spikes of bell-shaped blue or violet flowers.
[Probably alteration of French raiponce, from Old French responce, from Old Italian raponzo, probably from rapa, turnip, from Latin rāpum.]
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